My P.S. and I were out for breakfast the other day and the subject of cocktails came up. Although it was way too early to drink one (I don’t think it was 5:00 anywhere) we were thinking about new ideas. We have a good collection in our liquor cabinet that we rarely think to use. We’re more likely to grab a beer or open a bottle of wine when we want to indulge. I mentioned some drink recipes on Pinterest that looked good.
I said in spite of our massive liquor collection we’re always missing a drink ingredient. My P.S. was all excited- a trip to his favorite bottle shop was needed! We made a list and he was off. He returned home later and said “$97.00 and some odd cents later…”. I gasped and asked what happened to the list of gin, bitters and limes? He grinned and showed me two new bottles of wine. We have about 59 already but he couldn’t resist.
He’d also bought two kinds of ginger beer, regular for him and a sugar-free version for me, instead of the ginger ale in the recipe. Sigh. He likes to over think these things. That’s how our liquor cabinet grows.
After a long day with the grandkids I was ready for relaxation. My P.S. fixed me a Suffering Bastard, the drink that had intrigued us. It was from Nadia G’s website, Bitchin Kitchen. She always has wild ideas. I wish she still focused on food and drink. She left the Kitchen several years ago to firm a rock band. Crazy woman!
With my drink in one hand and chips and dip in the other, I settled onto the couch to check out this new drink. Yes! I really liked it! The drink was a bit tart and a bit bitter. I don’t care for a sweet drink, this was really my style. It hit the spot with a good punch. I should have eaten more chips and dip before drinking most of the Suffering Bastard. I’m a lightweight and bam! it hit me hard. After we heated leftovers for dinner I almost crawled up to bed. I slept very well that night!
It’s a great drink, I’d definitely drink it again. I’d like a little more lime juice in it next time. My P.S. thought he’d like more lime as well. The bitters overpower the lime somewhat and I would like the lime flavor to come through more. I also want to try the drink with regular ginger ale. Well the sugar-free ginger ale is what I drink. That might make a difference in flavors as well.
A drink with so many levels of flavor your tongue will swoon!
- 1 oz bourbon
- 1 oz gin
- 1 oz fresh lime juice
- 1-3 dashes Angostura bitters
- 4 oz chilled ginger ale
- orange slices or sprigs of mint for garnish (optional)
Top with ginger ale and garnish with an orange slice or sprig of mint.
Adapted from NadiaG’s Bitchin Kitchen